What contributes to making a writer successful?
Pure luck, connections, and perhaps a pot of money to take out huge ads. I sound jaded and I am. It’s never about the writing anymore. It’s about titillation, gore, brutal murders, zombies.
If you could leave your readers with one bit of wisdom, what would you want it to be?
Try and be the change. Help bring our country to become a more welcoming place. Help this country avoid the decaying of society that was the downfall of ancient Rome. Let’s all help to move forward and stop the backward slide that seems to be taking over.
When you wish to end your career, stop writing, and look back on your life, what thoughts would you like to have?
That my children have all done well for themselves. That I have a few more good years left of good health. That everyday of living is a blessing and a gift to not take for granted.
What inspired you to write your first book?
I grew up in a world where most mothers stayed home and cared for their kids. My mother worked with my father out of necessity. Today, most mothers work out of necessity or greed. We have to have two BMWs and so on. But for whatever reason, mother’s work. And we have lousy maternity leave. No real balance for families. One day, I went into the ladies room and a woman was pumping her breast. Somewhere there is a baby crying right now, I thought. How twisted is that, that this young woman is here and not with her baby? The feminist movement was about equal pay for equal work, not hurting families. But woman are in the workforce now and still not getting equal pay. I felt women needed to start a dialogue about better balance of work and family, about longer maternity leave. No one is talking about that. I hoped I could start that conversation. I wrote that book ten years before any of the others on that topic came out, but I couldn’t find a publisher. But you know what? Women still aren’t pushing for better work/life options. We are still paying outrages costs for daycare. No help for the working mother and no one fighting for it.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
My life, movies, books, tv shows, the news, my kids.
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Genre – Contemporary romance, Magical Realism
Rating – PG-13
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